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Rye Rebellion - Full Pint Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%


Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels

(Beer added by: DrDemento456 on 01-11-2012)
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wraynathan

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type:

On-Tap

Appearance:

Dark, black as night. Usual color that I'd expect for a Stout. Had a very small head it to it.

Smell:

The beer had strange smell to it. I could get the hint of Rye, but there was something else I couldn't quite place. After some smelling of the beer, I finally placed the smell. The smell reminded me of the smell of the noodles that come in the "A little taste of Thai" Microwavable/Stove Top Quick Meals. There is a certain oil that 'A little taste of Thai' stores their noodles in, in which the smell of this beer reminds me of. Kind of a weird smell to have for a beer.

Taste:

This beer, in small sips, has a taste of rye and a hint of chocolate. However, in bigger drinks, the beer hits the pallet harshly. The taste starts off with a very intensely sweet, sugary taste and then finishes off with a bitter, beer taste.

There have been a few beers that I have had, including this one, that have been intensely sweet. It makes me think that they are tying to mask the high alcohol content with a sweetness, but just add way entirely too much sugar. I believe this beer, if it had a lesser sweetness to it, would have been a better.

Mouthfeel:

I found this beer to be Medium bodied. It was not heavy like some stouts that I have had. It was harsh due to the abrupt sweetness of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 15:47:24 | More by wraynathan
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BgThang

Texas

2.43/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this beer had great potential. Upon pouring I could smell green apples which is a flaw in beer from over stressed yeast. This sucks. I had great expectations for this beer. It has potential. So the term is acetaldehyde. You can google it. It means the beer is too young not had time to condition. Another words the yeast did not finish cleaning the beer up and eat all of the by products of itself. usually meaning the yeast was strained or someother haps. anyway. I would really like to try some more of their beers

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 15:17:06 | More by BgThang
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight up slick black, super black. Creamy smooth pour with minimal carbonation. Head is small and dark khaki. Drops to a small creamy collar with no head thanks to the barrel aging.

Smell: Holy hell. Whiskey is aggressive and everywhere. I cracked the cap and it hit like a straight bottle of rye whiskey. Sweet, very sweet, but not cloying. Vanilla, some wood, and a ton of caramel and toffee sweetness. Cocoa, bitter chocolate, and licorice. It's all there. Deeply roasted with some burnt edges. Chewy fudge, almost candy-like. Some dark fruit, mainly berries. Alcohol is high and hits the nose harder as it warms. Malt sweetness tries to mask it, but ultimately can't hold up.

Taste: Solid roasted malt with a bitter cocoa. Some smoother dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. Small hints of dark fruit. Some old coffee. A lot more chocolate than the nose indicated. Bourbon drops to a tiny backing note, offering some vanilla and toffee, but not much else. Very vague sort of rye in the back that I probably wouldn't have picked out without the hint on the bottle. Mellow. Very slight smoke, char, and burnt malt. Caramelized with some some toffee. A bit harsh on the finish. Almost nutty and grassy at times. Slight lingering roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body. Light carbonation. Slightly oily. A bit thin for the style.

Overall: Unsettled grumbling.

Where's my rye? Smells like a whiskey bomb for a minute and then drops to a rather average imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 21:37:04 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks, Tony, for sharing.

A: Pitch black, pretty flat. Leaves orange legs. Intense, but not too impressive.

S: Spicy and roasty, with dark chocolate, char, coffee, and spicy rye. Plenty of booze.

T: Follows the nose - intense, roasty, boozy. Pretty raw, with a touch of vegetable weirdness. Not that good, unfortunately.

M: Medium-thick, well-carbonated. Nice.

O: This one sounded promising, but never really delivered on its potential. There were some nice things going on in the aroma, but the booze and vegetable off-notes really dominated the flavor. Too bad.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 03:39:24 | More by woosterbill
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels. 12 oz bottle picked up at Capones for $4 and change. Been waiting to try something from this newish Western PA brewery.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with ruby tinges against light. Thick, quickly receding tan head settles in to a collar and thin film with thin streaks of lace. Nose is a blend of hops, whiskey, ash and oak. Roast malt, chocolate, and spice are there, but in the background and overall the nose is very mild. Flavor is pleasantly sweeter, dark chocolate, silky and smooth with a lighter roast presence than the nose but the oak and whiskey from the nose is nearly non existent. Finish is slightly spicy and hoppy, relatively thin and lacking complexity throughout. Not a bad beer, but just strikes me as completely average in every way. Nice that this in 4 packs, but there is some NC/SC style homerism going on in the initial scores for this. Good job team.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:47:27 | More by yourefragile
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wrayjustin

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: Draft
Location: Holy Hound Taproom, York, PA

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Appearance:
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Deep black, dark as a calm Arizona night. The pour glimmers a hint of red and brown when the light hits just right. Starts with a respectful dirty-white head that lasts through most of the session while turning darker and darker. The lace is sparse but present.

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Smell:
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Strong alcohol scent, with a dark roasted undertone. The scent reminds be of dark chocolate dipped raspberries, with a slight caramel linger.

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Taste:
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In small sips, you get an amazing roasted flavor, a nod to smoked Stouts. A larger mouthful will tell you what's really going on with this beer: the insane level of sweetness. Its overwhelmingly sweet, followed by a strong alcohol aftertaste. It's as if the brewers were attempting to hide the 11% alcohol with sugar.

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Mouthfeel:
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Very carbonated, and surprisingly light on the tongue. Overall a genuine medium body.

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Overall:
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A decent sipping beer, but horrible session beer. If I'm in for the long haul it's off the list. If I'm looking for something to sip on while a smoke a nice Drew Estates its worth considering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 02:57:08 | More by wrayjustin
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BB1313

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2014 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a small tan head that fades and leaves decent lacing and nice retention. The aromas are full of dough along with dark chocolate. Some cocoa malts. Hints of coconut. The bourbon is present. The flavors are on the sweeter side, but there's still a solid bitterness. Lots of oak/wood notes in the flavors. Very earthy. Some black pepper. The rye is there, giving it a subtle spiciness. More chocolate. Some vanilla and caramel is in the mix. Pretty roasty. There's a slight warmth and the alcohol is noticeable, but not in a boozy way. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel feels thin, but it's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. This makes a solid sipper.

This is an okay barrel-aged stout, but it's not something that really grabbed my attention. It's a little rough around the edges. It isn't bad, but isn't something that can hang with the big boys, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 20:15:50 | More by BB1313
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip.

4.5 A: Black color. One finger of light brown creamy/frothy head. Retention is very good given the ABV and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lots of smoke in the nose is the first thing you'll notice. Spicy rye, but also some tannic astringency from the barrrel. Plenty of roastiness, light chocolate, earthy mineral, and a touch of ash. Dry overall with not quite enough molasses to balance it out. Booze is well hidden.

3.0 T: The taste isn't bad, but it's missing balance. It's too dry, roasty, and charred without having enough sweetness to make it work. Heavy roast, burnt toastiness, some tannic astringency from the barrel, and smokiness. Light chocolate, molasses, coffee, and currant. Rye adds an earthy spiciness and some light booze.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not a lot of creaminess, but not none either. Not bad here.

3.25 D: I usually like Full Pint brews, but it looks like they haven't figured out the barrel aging yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 23:35:49 | More by DavoleBomb
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a 4-pack
Served in a snifter glass

A: Dark brown body on the pour, but it's verging on the edge of a full blown black in the glass. Little to no head, what's there is mocha in color. Settles out into absolutely nothing, no lace or retention of any kind.

S: Rye, chocolate, dark patent malt, roast, coffee and subtle hints of sweet whiskey. Almost a woody aroma but the barrel is not the centerpiece of this beer so far.

T: Dark chocolate, lots of rye, roasted malts, oak and hints of vanilla. The whiskey is so subtle you'd almost miss it if it weren't for the bottle telling you. The rye is the dominating quality here, perhaps to a disadvantage.

M: Nicely carbonated, a bit thinner on the body than expected but it's not watery. A full body on a beer this size and style would have been more appropriate.

The bottle makes this sound stellar and while it wasn't a total flop, it was far from meeting expectations. The rye was welcomed but easily can be toned back to allow the rich malts and barrel to come through more.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 14:30:54 | More by ShanePB
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themind

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Interesting brew that really had a subtle green apple taste. The ABV was noticeable which was a slight let down. The stout portion of the beer was good but dont expect a massive rye/whiskey bomb. The barrel aging is there but I would not throw this into the upper echelon of BB stouts. The mouthfeel was awesome! if only the beer was better. As the beer warms it becomes much more drinkable and enjoyable. I suggest letting it breath a bit.

Bottom Line: interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:11:15 | More by themind
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FosterJM

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1466th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
12oz

No bottle date
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App- Took on a very unique coloration. When it poured it looked like a chocolate color as it settled it was more red/brown cordial like. Zero bubbles or cling or lace.

Smell- Opens with a large amount of whispy booze with a large amount of rye. Next came the oak and the prickly whiskey aromas. Malts tie it all together. A bit scattered but okay.

Taste- Opens very spicy and rye forward. Has a thicker malt backbone than I was thinking and a smaller chocolate malt addition as well. Small whiskey prickly flavors. A little unbalanced but still better than average.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a paired carbonation level. Residual malts and rye prickly booze are there but need to pop more.

Drink- Rye whiskey stout had me intrigued. Didn't last long as was okay. Couldve been a touch better.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:58:08 | More by FosterJM
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light chocolate brown head. In the aroma, light whiskey notes and an alcohol note. In the taste, whiskey, roasty coffee, and small alcohol presence all the way through. A small alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry whiskey and coffee in the aftertaste. Nice whiskey presence and a big coffee taste, but little to no rye, but nice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 14:58:10 | More by OWSLEY069
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dcloeren

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with khaki colored head. No light penetrating when held up to the light.

Rich chocolate aroma, very smooth at first and then the spiciness of the rye and the heat sting the nostrils.

The taste follows the nose. Rich chocolate, spicy rye, a touch of oak and vanilla.

Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Coats the tongue with each sip. Almost like adding a new coat of paint every time it goes across my tongue. Semi drying finish with some heat.

Overall, this was a decent brew. Good but not great. I like the concept of the rye barrels but I wanted it to have a little more depth. Worth checking out for sure. I wouldn't mind having another once the weather cools down.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 01:27:56 | More by dcloeren
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours out of the bottle a motor oil black color with a nicely sized light brown head. The lacing and retention are phenomenal 4.5

S: The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate mostly, with underlying notes of rye whiskey. More roasted than I expected, but none of the ABV is noted. 4

T: A decent amount of Rye noted on the taste, but really it tastes like nothing more than a roasted stout instead of one aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. Nicely chocolately with the roast and rye showing up on the backend. 3.5

MF: The body is thick and full with a very dry finish. The ABV is hidden marvelously, but the roast makes it not the most drinkable of stouts. Very dry throughout. 4

O: I expected more here, but I didn't hate it. Worth the $3 I paid for the bottle. I wanted more whiskey and more balance. I'd say give it a shot of you see it, but don't expect to be blown away. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:33:27 | More by russwbeck
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Shane for this one!

A: Pours deep black with a small tan head on top that forms nicely, but reduces quickly to a ring on top. Solid lacing all around the glass.

S: Some rye whiskey up front with tons of chocolate underneath. Not much else going on, faint brown sugar.

T: More of the whiskey, some spicy rye, chocolate, more roast on the flavor than on the aroma. The whiskey lingers on the finish as does a bit of rye.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not boozy, but warm as it goes down.

O: Pretty good beer, good fir sipping over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:58:09 | More by mdaschaf
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Sits an ink black with one finger of brown foam. The cap falls quickly to form a thin collar.

The nose presents some metallic notes along with bakers chocolate, rye, and faint whiskey. Some mild roast comes out as it warms.

There's a good amount of rye in here. Dry, earthy rye hangs over notes of bakers chocolate, and mild whiskey. Bitter roast carries mid-palate. There is a long lingering rye flavor.

Medium feel, smooth carbonation and an easy feel.

I'm not so sure I would call this an imperial, but it is a solid beer. Whiskey is faint, loads of rye. Good beer, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 15:35:45 | More by ColForbinBC
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta be the weirdest beer ive had this year, that's not to say it was bad, actually it was pretty good. but ... The beer it reminded me of most was Weyerbacher Tiny, without the chocolate and the Belgian yeast complexity.

Poured into my 1 oz taster at times this had big head, tons of bubbles that would rate a 5, into my snifter an average 3. Into my convenience coffee cup, the usual 4. So; 4.

Nice aroma of oak, wood, little smoke, can't wait to taste this. And here's where it got weird, an amazingly tart cherry, grape like vinous assault on the palate, again very similar to Tiny without. Then again, I did detect a barleywine like sweetness to the aroma

Decent mouthfeel, spritzy like Coca Cola on the tongue.
Drinkable, and it was delicious, but not what I was expecting
ting at all. If this is what Rye whiskey tastes like, ok then. But i don't get any whiskey character.

So overall, it's a tasty beer, albeit mislabeled. When I want this taste, I'll just grab a Tiny. Weird.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 20:37:36 | More by B33R501
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage bottle. Pours dense pitch black color with a small tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of green apple, pear, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Ok aromas with solid complexity; yeast off notes are quite strong, but don’t completely mask the whole aroma. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, rye, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, rye, light char, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of dark/roasted malt and whiskey barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged imperial stout. Even though the aromas were flawed, the taste was very nice with good complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:39:53 | More by superspak
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CLEmark

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Black, dark as night.

Smell- Malt front, soy, and whiskey.

Taste- some oak, vanilla, and a bit boozey. Nice chocolate notes. Not as sweet as some barrel ages. It is a rye whiskey barrel and you can tell

Mouthfeel- thick, almost milky. Not syrupy like some barrel aged.

Overall- A solid beer, a bit thick for me. Would have liked some more oak and whiskey flavors. Worth a try and a nice price for a barrel aged beer. At 11% it packs a punch. I didn't find this to drinkable because of the thickness.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:27:56 | More by CLEmark
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jbwimer

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle split with a good friend. Have enjoyed this each time I've drank it, and want to support the local beer. Here goes the review.

A- Fairly aggressive pour into a Voodoo snifter yields a thin, light-brown head. Barely any light getting through. Viscous as can be. Spotty lacing with some nice legs (like my girlfriend).

S- Soft bourbon and rye. Lots of chocolate and an enjoyable roasty aroma that balances this out. Faint presence from the alcohol, though it is not offensively boozy.

T- Charred flavors. Roast with some faint alcohol. A little more bourbon presence on the flavor than there was on the aroma. Faint spiciness from the rye. There's also a bitterness that hangs around throughout the whole drinking process. Really interesting flavors here. Not mind-blowing, but they're still nice.

M- A tad oily for my preference. However, this beer is really smooth. Low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable, though far from perfect.

O- A nice offering from a local brewery. I remember enjoying this beer more with some age on it. There are three still left from the four-pack I purchased yesterday. Probably gonna lay these down for awhile and see how they develop. Will probably return for a re-review.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 20:31:15 | More by jbwimer
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KevBot89

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black, no visible light coming through the beer. Thin tan head that disappears almost immediately

Aroma: Whiskey aromas are dominant. Faint hints of chocolate, maybe some roasted malts. Some noticeable alcohol is present in the nose too.

Taste: this beer starts with whiskey and a gritty rye flavor that competes with chocolate and alcohol for full attention of the palate. The former pair narrowly edges the latter, though it’s a fairly tight contest that suggests a very well balanced beer. As the drink warms, some sweet touches of caramel are faintly detectable.

Mouthfeel: The gritty rye flavors are mitigated by the chocolate malts. A stinging mouthfeel from whiskey and rye is rapidly laid to rest by smooth chocolate and roasty flavors, but makes a brief appearance on the back of the palate. The lingering flavor is light alcohol and chocolate.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I’d prefer either: 1) some more full-bodied whiskey flavor; or 2) more malts and less whiskey. The beer seems to be caught in between the two areas, though it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I certainly appreciate this beer for what it’s worth.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:13:12 | More by KevBot89
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage poured into a tulip
A: Pitch black with a one-finger head
S: Sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla
T: Cocoa, coffee, some char, alcohol towards the finish
M: Full-bodied, dry, some alcohol
O: Packs a punch but worth a try. I'll try to save one for a year to see how it shows with some age

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 16:54:22 | More by ONUMello
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz bottle into a HF stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Black with real quick mocha head. No lacing. Carbonation seems absent.

Smell- Malt forward imperial stout. Light cherry and chocolate, vanilla bourbon hints, a lil coffee. Not too much going on, but smells nice.

Taste- That oak with a light bourbon comes through first. Decent hop bitterness which is unexpected. Super light notes of the above aromas. Maybe I'll get more as it warms up. Don't know how long it was aged in barrels for, but its not very strong. Lacking in flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel- Super light carbonation, no booze heat (nice for 11%), medium viscosity. Drinks pretty smooth.

Overall- A decent bourbon barrel stout. Nothing impressive, but maybe a nice intro to the style? The bitterness lingers for a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 17:09:12 | More by Seanniek91
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'A Hand-Made Brew with Revolutionary Taste'

Imperial Stout aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels.

12oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Hardcore rigorous pour yielded a mere half an inch of light brown head. Some coffee brown hues at the tapers, but this beer is black as night. Head fell to a ring already. Weak retention. Lacing = 0.

Very smoky nose with some malty sweetness. Not picking up too much whiskey or rye whiskey, to be specific. A hint of oaky barrel with some additional mustiness. Blacktop, walnut, camp smoke, nougat, and salty seawater all in the aroma. Simple. Not hot, at all. The booze isn't obvious here.

Big, thick chewy roastiness with some heavy char and malt bitterness. Blackened grain, rye spice, a tinge of soft whiskey that is very muted, some alcohol burn, molasses, bitter coffee, and dark chocolate. Fascinating confluence of flavors. Mind you, if there's one thing you take from this review, it is that this is one darkly roasted stout. Has a bit of that Irish Dry Stout character, but three levels up on the scale. The rye whiskey comes out in the finish with an exceptional spiciness that curls up in the peaty smoke. The (vanilla?) sweetness is mild and shines in the middle-to-end. The hops are a little herbal, but it's a stretch trying to detect them. This is, after all, a malt atom bomb. Pretty nice for what it is.

Thick and chewy with a resting carbonation that makes cameos here and there. Viscous heavy body with not much lip stickage. Smooth, if it weren't for the bite. And, the bite is more rye spice than alcoholic punch. A small sip at a time is the pace. Rich and warming. An impressive beer, altogether.

Another barrel-aged stout, sure. But this one's from my neck o' the woods. Proud to have easy access to it, and this second-time-around is much more fulfilling than my initial impression. A smoky imperial that uses the barrel for rounding and nuance-adding, rather than showboating and upstaging the original recipe. Rye Rebellion holds its own in a tough class. I'm sure that it helps that it's brewed a mere 19 miles from where I currently sit.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:25:32 | More by thecheapies
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a blackish body with one-finger tan head that died quick on top of a malty aroma; mix of roasted (touch of coffee) malts and some sweet caramel and chocolate but very little rye. Hard to pinpoint "the rye" is; it's like a strong stout that gives off a dry, bready, woody feel with roasted and coffee malts and is balanced with some caramel and chocolate (hint of vanilla). Medium-bodied, chewey, smooth, finishes real dry and not sure how much rye is lending itself to dryness and how much of this is ABV, although the high ABV is contained. A really good if not complex stout.

Serving type: on-tap

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Rye Rebellion from Full Pint Brewing Company
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